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Coleridge Family Archive Acquired by British Library

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"The British Library has acquired the archive of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's extended family, a mass of papers and bound volumes dating from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th...."

See the full story in Guardian Unlimited.

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Betty T. Bennett

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Dr. Betty T. Bennett, distinguished professor of literature and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University, Washington, D.C., died at Sibley Hospital on Saturday, August 12, after an heroic five-year battle with lung cancer. She was 71.

A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, Betty graduated from Brooklyn College magna cum laude and later earned her MA and PhD from New York University in English and American literature. She was internationally recognized and frequently published as a major scholar of Romantic literature, doing authoritative work on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and on the Shelley Circle. She also served on numerous boards, held leadership positions in many scholarly societies, and directed conferences.

Betty Bennett served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University from 1985 through 1997. In 1997, she was named distinguished professor of literature. She had previously served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and acting provost of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and as assistant to the dean of the graduate school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Betty Bennett was a hard-hitting and resilient dean and a passionate spokesperson for the arts and sciences who contributed significantly to American University's prestige. As an administrator, scholar, and teacher, she had high standards to which she expected others to aspire. Her legendary poetry "slams" in one of her general education classes gave evidence of her ingenious and highly successful teaching.

Survivors include two sons, Peter Bennett of New York and Matthew Bennett of Los Angeles, and a brother, Marvin Edelman of New York, all of whom were at Betty Bennett's bedside at her death.

A memorial service will be held in Betty Bennett's honor on September 18, 2006, at 11:30 AM, on the campus of American University, at the Kay Spiritual Life Center, in Washington, D.C. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and sent c/o Matthew Bennett, 11693 San Vicente Blvd. #801, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

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Here are the search results for "Percy Bysshe Shelley" just at Romantic Circles.

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Lost Shelley pamphlet surfaces

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A copy of Shelley's long-lost "Poetical Essay" ("On the Existing State of Things") in support of radical journalist Peter Finnerty, published 1811, reccently showed up at auction and was purchased by a London bookseller. This story in the TLS provides useful context.

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Poets on Poets: Anne Waldman performs Shelley

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Recently Romantic Circles' Poets on Poets section, edited by Tilar Mazzeo, was lucky to be able to post recordings of Shelley poems performed by poet Anne Waldman. For one, a political ode by Shelley written in 1819 in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars and European restorations, Waldman reads accompanied by music. For the other, Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind," she alters her voice with interesting echo effects.

(Thanks to Doug Guerra for editing and producing these audio files for Romantic Circles.)

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British Academy Symposium: "Romanticism and Science"

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The British Academy is hosting a one-day symposium on "Romanticism and Science," in association with the British Association for Romantic Studies to be held on 15th September 2006 at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1. All are welcome.

In the past, Romanticism has been seen as opposed to science, held as promoting the transcendental and otherworldly above the material and physical. This symposium seeks to interrogate this view, exploring a time before the sciences and the arts had been divided into "two cultures." Science pervaded every aspect of Romantic life and literature, as the secondary object of exploration detailed in travel narratives, the emergence of new print technologies, the use of anatomy in religious arguments for evidence of Design in nature, or physiological accounts of the effects of an encounter with the sublime in aesthetic theories. The speakers in this symposium will challenge traditional notions of Romanticism, revealing that even the most canonical Romantic writers were aware of and interested in scientific knowledge and discoveries.

9.30-10am: Registration and Tea/coffee

10-11am: Professor Richard Holmes (FBA, University of East Anglia),
'Scientific discovery and the poets'

11am-12pm: Dr Neil Vickers (King's College, London), 'Carcase Coleridge or
Coleridge and the rhetoric of the eighteenth-century medical case'

12-1pm: Lunch

1-2pm: Dr Sharon Ruston (University of Wales, Bangor), 'Natural Rights and
Natural History'

2-2.30pm: Tea/coffee

2.30-3.30pm: Professor Peter Kitson (University of Dundee), 'The Limits of
the Human: Frankenstein, Anatomy and Racial Science'

3.30-4.30pm: Professor Timothy Fulford (Nottingham Trent University), 'The
Anatomy of Racism: What Natural History Saw in Native People's Skulls'

Organiser: Sharon Ruston, University of Wales, Bangor

To register for this event, please contact:
The Meetings Department
Telephone: 020 7969 5246
Email: events@britac.ac.uk
For further details and to book, please refer to
http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2006/romanticism/prog.html

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CFP: "The British Periodical Text, 1796-1832"

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Centre for Romantic Studies, University of Bristol

Plenary Speakers: Gregory Dart (University College London), John Strachan
(University of Sunderland), Tim Webb (University of Bristol)

A one-and-a-half-day conference organized by the Department of English, taking place in Bristol on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September, 2006.

"Is there no stopping the eternal wheels of the Press for half a century or two, till the nation recover its senses? Must we magazine it and review [it] at this sickening rate for ever? Shall we never again read to be amused? but to judge, to criticise, to talk about it and about it": "Lepus" (Charles Lamb), "Readers Against the Grain," The New Times (January, 1825).

We welcome papers discussing any aspect of magazine publication during a period marked by a highly prolific, competitive, and innovative milieu.

Subjects could include: the city, the country, and the periodical; modes and uses of advertising; the general cultural status of the periodical; juxtapositions of worded and visual texts; cartoons and satire; travel writing and foreign correspondence; the commercial and other implications of technological innovation; inter-periodical rivalries and disputes; reporting the war; the periodical and reform; sport and leisure and the periodical; the critical issues surrounding periodical texts later revised for book-publication.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are now invited, from new scholars and established academics alike. These proposals should take the form of a title and 200-word abstract and should be submitted electronically to Simon Hull at: romantic-studies@bristol.ac.uk in the body of an email or as an attachment in .doc format. Please include institutional affiliation and position in the body of the text.

Deadline for submission: 30 June, 2006

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Turner Watercolor breaks record

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A J.M.W. Turner watercolor, "The Blue Rigi: Lake of Lucerne, Sunrise," has sold at auction for £5.832m--a record for a British watercolour. The painting was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder at Christie's in London.

(from BBC News)

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Tate Britain: Constable, The Great Landscapes

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A new exhibit at Tate Britain opens this month and runs through August 28, 2006: "Constable, The Great Landscapes."

"This major exhibition offers the first opportunity to view John Constable's seminal six-foot exhibition canvases together. The 'six-footers' are among the best-known images in British art and comprise the famous series of views on the river Stour, which includes The Hay Wain (1820–21), as well as more expressive later works such as Hadleigh Castle (1829) and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831)."

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BOOKING REMINDER: "WILD IRISH GIRLS" CONFERENCE

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'Wild Irish Girls': A bicentenary conference to mark the publication of Sydney Owenson’s (Lady Morgan) The Wild Irish Girl and Maria Edgeworth’s Leonora. To be held at Chawton House Library on the 20th & 21st July 2006.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Professor James Chandler, University of Chicago, ‘Edgeworth and the Edgeworthians’.

Ms Norma Clarke, ‘Laetitia Pilkington: The Original Wild Irish Girl’.

Dr Claire Connolly, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University, ‘Theorising affectivity in Irish Romanticism’.

The event will take place at Chawton House Library, the centre for the study of early women’s writing, which holds first editions of both novels, as well as many other editions of works by Edgeworth and Owenson. It is jointly organised by Chawton House Library and the English Department at the University of Southampton.

CONFERENCE FEES: Full-time employed: £120 / Student, retired, unwaged: £65.

Accommodation is available at an additional cost. Details will be on the Registration Form.

BOOKING DEADLINE: 23 June 2006. Please contact: Kathy Quinn at Chawton House Library:

T: +44 (0)1420 541010
E: Kathy.Quinn@chawton.net

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